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Doreen Collins

Doreen Collins, 87, of Harding, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, November 23, 2021.


Born in Pittston on March 10, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Rutsey) Dileo. She was the wife of the late Leonard Collins for 61 years.

Doreen was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, class of 1952. She was a majorette and was very proud to have marched in the Macy’s Parade while in high school. Doreen was also a member of the Catholic Daughters and the school choir.


She enjoyed getting her hair done every week by her long-time hairdresser and dear friend, Linda. Doreen also enjoyed playing cards and Yahtzee every week for over 50 years with her best friends, Mary Ann and Marion. They laughed and cried together. Doreen said it was therapy for them. She enjoyed shopping trips to the store with her daughter – for whom was not just the best mom but her best friend. She enjoyed embroidery, puzzles, crosswords which she did daily, mystery movies, cooking, baking, and all kinds of crafts.


She loved being with Len for most of her adult life. She always said God gave her one miracle and that was bringing him home from the Korean War.


In her earlier years, Doreen had worked in a cigar factory, several sewing factories, and a grocery store. She loved and cherished her granddaughter, Becky. She was so proud of her. Doreen and her daughter, Mary had a special relationship, and Mary knew she could always count on her. Doreen loved her son-in law, Don who helped her and cared for her as if she were his mom. Family was most important to her. She always wanted to celebrate birthdays on the day, loved holidays, and mealtimes. She will be sadly missed, for Doreen was the best mom ever and best Gram ever.


Doreen was a devout catholic and faithful woman; she was a member of Saint Monica Parish, West Wyoming.


She was preceded in death were her brothers, Pat, Joe, Nicholas, and John Dileo; sisters, Annette Judge and Marie Gable.


Surviving are her daughter, Mary Hudock and her husband Don; and granddaughter, Becky Reggie and Kris Martin; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Dileo and Isabelle Collins; numerous nieces and nephews.


Special thank you to Hospice of the Sacred Heart nurses Hilary, Samantha, and Erin and social worker, Mary; as well as to the Harding/Mt. Zion Ambulance for their assistance.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10am in Saint Monica Parish, 363 W 8th Street, West Wyoming. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church and to kindly wear a mask due to Covid-19.Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.



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lorianne1029
Dec 01, 2021

Mary, We are so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. Bonnie and I have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad when our Dad would go visit. You are all in our thoughts. LorI & Bonnie Woods

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Cathy Jones
Nov 28, 2021

Mary and Becky, I'm so very sorry to hear of Doreen's passing. You're both in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy Arnold

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mary.collins3331
Nov 28, 2021

To my loving Mom. Thank you for the life you have given me. You were the best mom ever. My heart is sad. I know you are in heaven with God and finally Dad. I miss you so much and it’s so hard. Eternal rest and peace of mind. Someday we’ll be together again. Love you.

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